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San Francisco Hotels

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

  • 433 Powell St. Map It
  • $$$
  • Local Flavor

Pros

  • Huge walk-in closets
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Great value for Union Square
  • Clean rooms

Cons

  • Older building with dark hallways and rooms
  • Small bathrooms
  • Noise from cable cars

Updated 03/15/2013

Fodor's Review

Built to accommodate visitors to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, this busy hotel is considered by many to be one of the best bets on Union Square for comfort without extravagance. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the recently gussied up (albeit still modest) lobby overlook cable cars on Powell Street. The moderate-size Edwardian-style rooms, some with huge walk-in closets, have high ceilings and were recently remodeled. Though a bit dated, the small, clean

bathrooms have deep tubs—rubber ducky included. Fodorites appreciate the pillow menu and the friendly service (chat up the restaurant's bartenders to find out new local eats). The pleasant Restaurant Luques serves breakfast and lunch, plus dinner (Wednesday through Saturday); complimentary coffee, tea, apples, and cookies are available around the clock in the lobby.

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Hotel Information

Address:

433 Powell St., San Francisco, California, 94102, USA

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Phone:

415-362–2004; 800-428–4748

Hotel Details:

  • 135 rooms, 2 suites
  • No meals

Updated 03/15/2013

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Sep 9, 2012

Reliable Union Square three star

This is both a reliable Union Square three star, and a typical Union Square three star. Building is probably more than 100 years old, but nicely updated. Our room was comfortable and clean. Caters to tourists, but good service from desk staff and housekeeping. Can't get much closer to Union Square. We faced the street on the eighth floor. Open the window, get a breeze and the clang of the cable car/hum of the cable. Close the window and it was quiet

enough for us to sleep. With the ceiling fan it was cool enough to sleep also - our stay was in August.

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By Julian

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Feb 20, 2005

It's the REAL Deal

The Chancellor is what it is - A traditional hotel from San Francisco's Phoenix years. If you want cookie cutter and now, choose something else. If you want a great location, great service, little touches and great value, try the Chancellor.

By Trish

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May 17, 2003

Great Service

This is not a fancy hotel, but very clean and conviently located to Union Square. The service is great, everyone was very helpful and pleasant. We had a nice room on the 12th floor overlooking Union Square. Plenty of excellent coffee, cookies and the pillow menu is a plus. I will definitely return.

By Jane

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Nov 18, 2002

Safe, clean and a great Location!

My stay at the Chancellor was very pleasant. The location couldn't be better. It's minutes away from shopping, restaurants and theatre. Also, I felt very safe at the hotel. As a single traveller this is very important. The staff were always friendly and helpful. And the rooms were very clean and nicely decorated. Great value! I would definitely stay here again.

By Henry

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Sep 10, 2002

Great Bang For Your Buck

Great location, Spectacular staff, super deals, free local, credit card and 800 number calls. Rooms are small but adequate. No A/C but this is San Francisco remember. Bathrooms are small but super water pressure in the shower. Will definately return to this hotel on future trips to San Francisco.

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Apr 26, 2002

Look no further for a great stay in the Union Square Area!

You won't find a better deal in this area. Even if they charged more it would still be a great find. The staff is super attentive, the rooms have everything you would need, including a jar of hard candies and the location is prime. I will be back!!

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May 30, 2001

Highly recommended

From bellboys to housekeepers and front desk, their friendly attitude certainly made my stay in San Francisco extremely memorable. Free Starbucks coffee and cookies surely helps those who don't need a fancy breakfast!

By Grace

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Nov 14, 2000

Place & Price and Everything Nice

I'd call it tiny elegance. You get the location, ambiance, and service of a fine hotel - including concierge, valet parking, complimentary cookies and coffee in the lobby, etc. The bathrooms are sometimes quite small, but include deep tubs and standard amenities. The fixtures seem to be authentic and original. The rooms are smallish and nice, not lavish. Everyone (I think) has a view onto Union Square's hubub and a glimpse of the bay. The slim

building makes the most of its space For travellers who want to be treated well and stay in the midst of things, but who are practical with their money ... this is the place.

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